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Senior Leader (The Salford MBA) - Degree Apprenticeship

Course Description

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme that concentrates on developing the wide ranging leadership and business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level, whatever sector you work in. 

Studying on the Salford MBA programme means you are part of a small student cohort who work together in a supportive and collaborative environment where academics and students share their learning and build their knowledge.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.

You will:

  • Develop the management skills required for success at a senior level
  • Benefit from close links with industry throughout
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment

This course is for you if:

  • You have managerial experience and wish to specialise
  • You want to improve your employability
  • You enjoy collaborative learning
  • You like to put learning into practice
  • You are a critical thinker and enjoy problem solving

Course Details

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:

  1. Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.
  2. To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you.

The programme will provide you with an advanced, integrated and applied research informed leadership and management curriculum appropriate to global contemporary business environments. You will be able to contribute strategically to the leadership and management of an organisation from an operations or functional management perspective.

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focused. The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers. The course includes a one week international study trip to develop your awareness of national and international business.

The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Normally, a module consists of two pieces of summative assessment. Formative assessments, including class discussions, presentation, report writing, with feedback will be provided which will enable you to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

You will need to take an End Point Assessment (EPA) upon completion of the degree programme. This will consist of two distinct assessment methods; a project showcase based on a work-based project (including report, presentation and questioning) and a professional discussion based on review of portfolio.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays.


Graduates of the MBA can expect to build successful careers in many industries both private and public sector. 

Graduates of the Salford MBA have gone on to enjoy significant roles within large multinational organisations up to the levels of CIO, COO and senior vice-president. Others are developing their own successful business.

Visit the Senior Leader (The Salford MBA) - Degree Apprenticeship page on the University of Salford web site for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the apprenticeship programme. Academically, students registering on the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria. The typical entry criteria for this programme is a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject as well as a minimum of 3 years full-time work experience with evidence of managerial responsibility. Please note: evidence of level 2 English and Maths qualifications will be required at application stage.

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